[Tagging] Tagging town/village/hamlet - am I misunderstanding something?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 14:38:04 UTC 2017


Over the last year or two, I've imported or revised or conflated a lot of
public recreational facilities (parks, recreation grounds, nature reserves,
etc... ranging from urban sites of less than 1000 square metres up to
massive wilderness areas of hundreds of square km).

In many cases, I've found point tags for the sites, often imported from
GNIS, but also placed by mappers who wished to show the site but were
uncertain about its boundaries. In those cases, I've made it a practice to
copy the GNIS tagging to the (multi)polygon representing the land area of
the site, thus preserving the cross references to GNIS and Wikidata.
Similarly, if the site was present from a TIGER import, I copied the TIGER
tagging to the new (multi)-polygon.

Recently, I had occasion to tweak a few town/village/hamlet boundaries.
(TIGER had them conflated with the boundaries of nearby parks and military
reservations, which were, of course, incorrect, and so I was sorting out a
complicated mess of conflicting imports.) As I repaired the boundaries, I
noticed that there were GNIS points for the hamlets, and so when I repaired
the boundaries, I transferred the GNIS tagging to the area, and removed the
point. I had thought that was the right thing to do.

But now I see that the places - for example, Fort Montgomery, NY
http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/175462 - no longer have their names
rendered on the map. Are municipalities a special case, where the point tag
has to be retained to represent the 'town center'?  If so, I've only
touched at most a handful of them, and I'll be happy to put the points back.
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